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Canine Critic

Canine Critics is back for 2024 – with a twist!

Kate W 11 April 2024

Over the last few years, the role of Canine Critic has become a prestigious and much sought-after role in the canine community. We’re very proud of the roving Rovers that have taken on the mantle and the work they’ve done travelling the UK.

Photo of two dogs, Toby and Amos, in front of Loch Ness, and a photo of beautiful husky Rocco in DorsetToby and Amos, winners in the North West category 2019 (left) and Rocco who won our 2021 category, The Bear (right)

From @pipthewhip’s Dorset getaway that took place in 2023, to Poppy’s Lake District escape all the way back in 2018, these dogs have been on some amazing adventures. Our past Critics have worked hard to bring you insights, tips and reviews on the best places to stay within our isles.

We’re thrilled to announce that Canine Critics is back for 2024 – but this year, there's a twist! Big changes have taken place that we think every canine and their pup parents will love.


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Now everyone can be a Canine Critic

Our first Canine Critics winner Poppy in the snowy Lake District and 2019 winners Willow and Bobby on a Wales breakOur very first winner in 2018, Poppy (left) and 2019 winners in the North East category, Willow and Bobby (right)

Things have changed for 2024 meaning every single dog can now get involved. These last few years have been so successful that we wanted to open the role of Canine Critic up to as many travel-loving doggos as possible, so we thought – why not make everyone a Canine Critic? 

We want you and your four-pawed pal to get out there and start showcasing your own favourite corners of the UK, and report back to your fellow pup parents and canine adventurers. 

Your waggy-tailed wonder can now join our pack and become a Canine Critic – you just need to share your content of your inspiring pup and tag us!

Not only will your content be easy to discover via our hashtag #CanineCritics2024, your adventures may also be shared on Canine Cottages' socials too and help our dog-loving community find their next favourite place.


How to enter

2020 winners Lunar, Summer, Nancy and Ethel and 2022 winners Darcy and DarlaOur 2020 The Pack category winners, Lunar, Summer, Nancy and Ethel (left) and overall 2022 winners Darcy and Darla (right)

It's easy to enter. Just share your Canine Critic-worthy content on Instagram,  Facebook, TikTok, YouTube Shorts or X by tagging us @caninecottages, and include #CanineCritics2024 in the caption to be entered into our draw. 

You can also enter on Facebook by dropping your content into the comments section of our Canine Critics posts. Just remember to use #CanineCritics2024 so we know you’d like to enter!  

Your entries could be a photo of your best memory on holiday, a video of your favourite walk at home, or even the best nap spot. Anyone can tag us and be a Canine Critic. 

You can begin posting your own content now for us and the world to see and then your pup pal can officially become a part of our Canine Critic pack – welcome to the team! 


What will you win?

Bailey, Ember and Bandit by a harbour on the left photo and our 2023 winner Pip on the right looking out at the seaOur 2021 The Pack category winners, Bailey, Ember and Bandit (left) and our overall 2023 winner Pip (right)

It’s the pawfect prize for travel-hungry hounds and you’ll have three chances to win! 

The prize is a £1,000 Canine Cottages voucher – keep an eye out for the prize draws taking place:

  •     Spring Critics: 11 April 2024 – 28 June 2024
  •     Summer Critics: 29 June 2024 – 2 September 2024
  •     Autumn Critics: 3 September 2024 – 2 December 2024

Don’t drop the ball on this one, get your content ready to enter!


Entry Terms and Conditions

2020 winners Fredrick and Royston looking at a view, and Spiro from our 2021 pack after getting muddy playing in a stream2020 winners in The Siblings category, Fredrick and Royston (left), and our 2021 winner in The Rarity category, Spyro (right)

Read through our competition Ts and Cs before entering this year's exciting Canine Critics competition.

This content competition is being run by Canine Cottages as part of The Travel Chapter Limited. You can find out more details about the Promoter below.

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for below, please contact a team member at Canine Cottages and we’ll be happy to answer any queries.

By entering the competition, the entrant is indicating their agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions, in addition to agreeing to be bound by our User Generated Content guidelines which can be found here:  https://www.caninecottages.co.uk/social-terms.

By entering this competition, users permit Travel Chapter to share and repurpose their submitted content across all official existing and future social media platforms as well as other marketing channels.  

The competition is open to UK residents who are over 18 only. 

No employees, their families, or agencies of Canine Cottages or Travel Chapter Ltd are eligible to apply.

No purchase is necessary to apply. The Promoter has the right to withdraw or amend the offer at any time without notice in accordance with these terms and conditions.

The Promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the position and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation, or any other event outside of the Promoter’s control. Any changes to the position will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the Promoter. 

In respect of the Canine Cottages voucher prize, a correspondent at Canine Cottages will reach out to the winner and send the holiday voucher to them. 

The position and prizes are as stated, and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability, and the Promoters reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice. All stated prize values are at the recommended retail price in pound sterling and are to the best of the Promoters’ knowledge and belief correct at the time of printing these terms. The Promoters take no responsibility for any fluctuations in prize values. 

Unless otherwise stated, prizes will be sent free of charge to an email or UK postal address provided by the winner. The Promoters will not be liable for prizes which are lost, delayed or damaged for reasons beyond their reasonable control, or any additional expenses that may be incurred by a prize winner in relation to the competition or their prize.

The Promoters make no representation or warranty in relation to any of the prizes provided and we accept no responsibility for any loss, expense or damage which is suffered or sustained in connection with the competition, or accepting or using any part of a prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law, in which case that liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law. Your statutory rights are not affected. 

The terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

The successful winners may be asked to participate in publicity arising out of the competition. 

Any personal data relating to the successful applicant or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will be used by the Promoters for the purposes of administering and fulfilling the competition promotion, and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

For Canine Cottages, part of The Travel Chapter Group, your privacy is paramount to us. Your personal data will be treated in accordance with the Promoters’ privacy policy at all times. You can read The Travel Chapter Group’s privacy statement on how we safeguard your data. 

The relevant Promoter will make available the surname and county of a prize winner to anyone who contacts the Promoter within one month of the closing date of the competition. If a prize winner objects to their surname and/or county being published or made available they should notify the Promoter of this when responding to the notification email to claim their prize. In such circumstances, the Promoters must still provide the information to the Advertising Standards Authority where requested, to indicate that a valid award took place under the competition promotion. 

Use of an automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification and the requirement to return all prizes that they may have won.

The successful winner will be chosen and notified as quickly as possible. If a winning applicant cannot be contacted, the Promoter reserves the right to select an alternative shortlisted applicant at random from the remaining applicable entries.

Should the competition be cancelled or varied by the Promoters at their discretion if reasonably required to do so, neither of the Promoters shall be liable for any loss of money or expense incurred by entrants or the winner. 

Except as specifically set out herein and to the maximum extent permitted by law, all conditions, warranties and representations expressed or implied by law are hereby excluded. Nothing in these terms shall exclude or limit the Promoter's liability for death or personal injury caused by our staff’s negligence or for fraud or for any other liability which cannot be limited or excluded by law or regulation. 

This position is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram, Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), YouTube, TikTok or any other Social Network.

The Travel Chapter Limited (company number 02431506), registered in England and Wales, whose registered office is at Travel Chapter House, Gammaton Road, Bideford, England EX39.


How to enter:

Canine Critics 2024 is an ongoing seasonal competition, with spring entries opening 11th April 2024. The dates of this year’s confirmed seasonal competitions are outlined below. 

Spring Critics: 11th April 2024 – 28th June 2024. 

Summer Critics: 29th June 2024 – 2nd September 2024. 

Autumn Critics: 3rd September 2024 – 2nd December 2024.

Content must be entered within these dates in order to be considered for the correlating competition. Any content submitted after one of these closing dates will automatically be entered into the following seasonal competition if applicable. 

The promoter is not responsible for any entries that are not received and these will not be considered.  

The promoter has the right to amend or cancel the competition dates at any time. 

Entries to this competition are made by: 

1)    Sharing content that celebrates our two biggest passions - a love of dogs and exploring the UK on Instagram, TikTok, X, YouTube, and Facebook. You must share your content as a public post. (Please note: any removed or temporary content such as stories can and will not be considered)

2)    Tagging us @CanineCottages 

3)    Including #CanineCritics2024 in your caption 


You can also enter on Facebook by sharing your content in the comments section of our Canine Critics posts and using #CanineCritics2024 in your caption. 

There is no limit on the number of entries that an individual can make using unique pieces of content, but any piece of content should only be entered once across all Canine Cottages’ UGC competitions.  


Winners: 

One winner will be chosen for each seasonal competition according to the dates outlined above. The winner of each will receive a prize of a £1,000 Canine Cottages holiday voucher which can be redeemed on accommodation with Canine Cottages only. 

There is no limit to the number of times that an individual can win a #CanineCritics2024 competition based on new and unique content submissions.  

The winner will be contacted no later than 5 working days after the closing date of the competition. 

The winners will be selected by the Canine Cottages Team based on quality content that represents our brand values, not on how popular the account that posted it is. All decisions are final, and discussions will not be entered into.  


How content will be judged: 

The winner will be chosen by the marketing team based on criteria which we feel best fits our brand values. The criteria that our team will take into consideration are as follows:  

Visual Excellence: All images or videos shared must be of high quality and in focus, ensuring they effectively convey the holiday experience to our followers.

Authenticity: Content should depict genuine and joyful holiday experiences with your dog within the UK. 

Promoting Responsible Tourism: We prioritise content that aligns with responsible tourism practices. Avoid anything that contradicts these principles, such as littering or exploring restricted areas.

Wholesomeness: Content should be wholesome and inoffensive. Refrain from sharing anything that could be perceived as offensive, illegal, or controversial, such as underage drinking or inappropriate behaviour.


Enter now  

Head over to our socials and post your favourite content of your pup to enter today – we can’t wait to see your entries! 

In the meantime, discover some of our previous Critics-approved cottages or check out our past Canine Critic winners for travel reviews, hints and tips, and photography inspiration.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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